Monday, June 28, 2021

Via Solis Cancer Elixir Rite - Year Five (Streaming)

Today's Magick Monday post is a full script for the Cancer Elixir Rite that we will be performing tomorrow, Tuesday June 29th. Like the last few elixir rites, it will be streamed on the Leaping Laughter YouTube Channel. The channel can be found here. I will be starting around 8 PM CDT, but barring any technical difficulties the video will be archived after the ritual so you can view it later if you miss it live.

0. The Temple

The ritual space is set up with an altar table in the center. The bell chime, banishing dagger, and invoking wand are placed on the altar. In the center of the altar is placed a cup of wine for creating the elixir, within the Table of Art corresponding to Cancer. The sign Cancer is attributed to "The power of casting enchantments." As I interpret it, this is related to the ability to magnetize or draw things into your life in accordance with your will. So those sorts of intents are most appropriate. The Via Solis Elixir Rites were written by Michele Montserrat in 2010 for the Comselh Ananael magical working group.

I. Opening

All stand surrounding the altar. Officiant inhales fully, placing the banishing dagger at his or her lips. The air is then expelled as the dagger is swept backwards.

Officiant: Bahlasti! Ompehda!

Officiant then performs the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. All rotate accordingly.

Officiant: We take refuge in Nuit, the blue-lidded daughter of sunset, the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night sky, as we issue the call to the awakened nature of all beings, for every man and every woman is a star.


Officiant: We take refuge in Hadit, the secret flame that burns in every heart of man and in the core of every star, as we issue the call to our own awakened natures, arousing the coiled serpent about to spring.


Officiant: We take refuge in Heru-Ra-Ha, who wields the wand of double power, the wand of the force of Coph Nia, but whose left hand is empty for he has crushed an universe and naught remains, as we unite our awakened natures with those of all beings everywhere and everywhen, dissolving all obstacles and healing all suffering.


Officiant: For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.

All: All is pure and present are and has always been so, for existence is pure joy; all the sorrows are but as shadows; they pass and done; but there is that which remains. To this realization we commit ourselves – pure and total presence. So mote it be.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Mass of Nuit and Babalon for 2021

Here is the video for Tuesday's Mass of Nuit and Babalon. This is a ritual that we have been performing for many years following the Summer Solstice, as it celebrates the Sun moving into the sign Cancer. Cancer, in turn, alludes to the Chariot card in the Tarot and to Liber Cheth, which alludes the the mysteries of Babalon. The donation link is here.


Monday, June 21, 2021

Mass of Nuit and Babalon for 2021 (Streaming)

Tomorrow evening at 8 PM CDT we will be streaming the Mass of Nuit and Babalon to celebrate the Summer Solstice. This is the full script for the ritual, which we have been celebrating for a number of years now with some pretty impressive results. This year we will be streaming on the Leaping Laughter YouTube Channel here. It will also be archived so you can view it later if you miss it live.

0. The Temple

The ritual space is set up with the Holy Table and Sigillum Dei Aemeth in the center. The banishing dagger, invoking wand, and bell chime are arranged on the Table. The chalice containing the Eucharist is placed in the center of the Sigillum. Holy images of Our Lady Nuit and Our Lady Babalon, including the Star of Babalon, may be prominently displayed. The Lust card from the Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot can be used as a meditation focus, if desired.

I. Opening (Adapted from "The Diamond Sapphire Gem of Radiant Light")

Magus or Sophia performs the Star Ruby.

Sophia: We take refuge in Nuit.

All: May we with all sentient beings embody the Great Work, and aspire to the unsurpassable intention, consecrating our lives unto the blue-lidded daughter of sunset, the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night sky.

Magus: We take refuge in Hadit.

All: May we with all sentient beings embrace the riches of the Law of Thelema, and come to know and fulfill our True Will, making our Wisdom wide and deep as the sea.

Unison: We take refuge in Heru-Ra-Ha.

All: May we with all sentient beings attain the Supreme Realization, and lead the Life which abideth in Light, that we may truly lead the multitude to freedom from all hindrances, that the Empire of Light, and the Reign of Harmony of the Crowned and Conquering Child, may be manifest here on earth.

Magus: The Word of the Law is Thelema. Every man and every woman is a star. Make of yourself a Light. Let all be a Lamp unto oneself, spreading Light in the Darkness even as the rays of the Sun shine brilliantly and indiscriminately on all.

All: In Light, may all sentient beings, boundless as the sky,
  come to know and fulfill their True Will.
  In Life, may they have happiness and the causes of happiness.
  In Liberty, may they be liberated from suffering and the causes of suffering.
  In Love, may they never be separated
  from the happiness which is free from sorrow.
  With the Law which informs these all, may they rest in equanimity,
  free from attachment and aversion.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Ritual Night Talk for June 18th

Here is the video of Tuesday's Ritual Night Talk, on Astrology and Exotericism. The Chart Victor Calculation link is here, the Simple Electional Timing link is here, and the donation link is here.

Skeptics hate astrology because it is one of the few practices from the Western Esoteric Tradition that has gone mainstream in our culture. James Randi organized efforts to get astrology columns removed from newspapers back in the day on the grounds that it was a sort of "gateway to the irrational," even when marked "for entertainment only." As any astrologer will tell you, reading a short horoscope based only on your Sun sign (like what you see in newspapers) is not very useful even if every tenet of astrology was verified by empirical science, so really, those horoscopes pretty much are only for entertainment purposes.

Because astrology is generally accepted by the culture, even people who think it's complete bunk know what it is and don't find it sinister or threatening. If somebody tried to start up a conspiracy theory about astrologers sacrificing children it would be laughed out of the room. But replace "astrologers" with "Satanists" and enough people will take it seriously to ruin lives. So it seems to me this is evidence that exotericism - the idea of de-mystifying magick for the general culture - is the way to go if (A) we want more people to be interested in magick and (B) we want to insulate ourselves against wild accusations.


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ritual Night Talk for June 8th

Here is the video of Tuesday's Ritual Night Talk, on Cult Versus Culture. The donation link is here.

The main difference between cults and culture in new religious movements is that cults are generally understood to be toxic organizations that exploit their members. These organizations thrive best in an "esoteric" world in which magical and mystical technology are kept secret from anyone deemed "unworthy" - that is, anyone the leader is looking to exploit.

In an "exoteric" world this would be different - a culture that includes magick as part of day-to-day life would mean that anyone who wanted to practice, to whatever degree it might be their will to practice, can do it. One way to implement a culture like that is to present an inspiring vision of the world we want to see, through the arts of whatever sort and demonstrating how we successfully integrate magick into our lives.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Gemini Elixir Rite for 2021

Here is the video of last night's Gemini Elixir Rite hosted on our Leaping Laughter YouTube channel. The donation link is here.

The sign Gemini is attributed to "The power of being in two or more places at the same time, and of Prophecy." As I interpret it, the former is related to astral work and the latter is related to precognition, the ability to see into the future. In a mystical sense, it also corresponds to prophetic consciousness. Also, keep in mind that those powers are descriptive rather than proscriptive, so intents related to any quality you might find listed in an astrology book under Gemini should likewise work fine.